Lauderdale County, Mississippi facts for kids
|Lauderdale County, Mississippi|
Location in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
715 sq mi (1,852 km²)
704 sq mi (1,823 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 1.6%
114/sq mi (44/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
|Named for: James Lauderdale|
Lauderdale County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 80,261. The county seat is Meridian. The county is named for Colonel James Lauderdale, who was killed at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.
Lauderdale County is included in the Meridian, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Lauderdale County had 16 documented lynchings in the period from 1877 to 1950; most occurred around the turn of the 20th century in this period of racial terrorism.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 715 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 704 square miles (1,820 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (1.6%) is water.
- Interstate 59
- Interstate 20
- U.S. Highway 11
- U.S. Highway 45
- U.S. Highway 80
- Mississippi Highway 19
- Mississippi Highway 39
- Kemper County (north)
- Sumter County, Alabama (east)
- Choctaw County, Alabama (southeast)
- Clarke County (south)
- Newton County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 78,161 people, 29,990 households, and 20,573 families residing in the county. The population density was 111 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 33,418 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 60.15% White, 38.18% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 1.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 29,990 households out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.70% were married couples living together, 18.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,768, and the median income for a family was $37,581. Males had a median income of $31,069 versus $21,111 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,026. About 17.10% of families and 20.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.80% of those under age 18 and 18.80% of those age 65 or over.
- Meridian (county seat)
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